Chicago National Portfolio Day


Sunday, October 17, 2021, 12-4 p.m. (CT)
280 S. Columbus Dr. 
Chicago, IL 60603

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The event will be hosted from 12-4 PM (CT) at SAIC's 280 Building. You may begin to line up outdoors starting at 11am (CT). The venue is accessible by public transportation, and more info on traveling to our campus can be found by visiting:

SAIC invites you to one of the nation’s largest portfolio days with representatives from nearly 50 nationally accredited art schools and universities on hand to discuss your work and assist you in pursuing an education in the visual arts. High school students, parents, teachers, guidance counselors, and college transfer students are encouraged to attend this four-hour educational event, created for emerging visual artists and designers. Representatives from colleges of art and design will review artwork, discuss programs, and answer questions about creative and professional careers.

This is an educational event—no admissions decisions or scholarship awards will be offered. Portfolios should include your best and most recent work, but can also include
works in progress, sketchbooks, and tear sheets—it is not necessary to mat or frame work. Bring original artwork whenever possible, and keep your presentation simple; the work itself is what is important.

We look forward to meeting you and seeing what you do! If you have any questions, please call us at 800.232.7242 or 312.629.6100, or email

*Please note that all participants will be required to be vaccinated, wear a mask for the entirety of the event, and only one guest per registered student will be admitted. 

For more info on SAIC's admission process and other events for prospective students, visit

*Join us for a Pre-NPD Event "Saturday with SAIC"

Saturday, October 16, 4-5:30 p.m. CT

Prepare for National Portfolio Day with Saturday with SAIC! This virtual event will feature the presentation “Portfolio Day Survival Guide” to help you make the most of your National Portfolio Day experience, including portfolio preparation tips for both admission and merit scholarship. Current students, faculty, and staff will be on hand to answer your questions.

Participating Schools:


Alfred University School of Art & Design + Performing Arts Division

Art Academy of Cincinnati

Ball State University School of Art

Boston University School of Visual Arts

Bradley University/Heuser Art and Design

California College of the Arts

California Institute of the Arts

Cleveland Institute of Art

College for Creative Studies

Columbus College of Art & Design

Cornish College of the Arts

Drexel University, Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

Fashion Institute of Technology

FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

Grand Valley State University

Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI

Illinois State University Wonsook Kim School of Art

Iowa State University College of Design

Kansas City Art Institute

Kendall College of Art and Design

Laguna College of Art + Design

Maine College of Art & Design

Miami University


Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Montserrat College of Art

Moore College of Art & Design


Northern Illinois University

Pacific Northwest College of Art at Willamette University

Parsons School of Design/Parsons Paris at The New School

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Pratt Institute

Pratt MWP College of Art and Design

Ringling College of Art & Design

Rochester Institute of Technology

San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI)

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University

School of Visual Arts

Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts

The Cooper Union

The University of Kansas

University of Illinois

University of Saint Francis

University of the Arts

Vincennes University

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCUarts)

Washington University in St. Louis